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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
160,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. get a new passenger side half axle, check bearings hubs (1 reports)
1996 Volkswagen Jetta suspension problems

suspension problem

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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 182009

Jetta 4DR 2.0L Sfi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


ok for a few months now i had this small gentle judder, for lack of funds i rode on it for months, until one day i got scared because even tho there was not loud bangs, the judder scared the jibbies off me, so i lifted the driver side and found the tire loose, well tightened and axle bolt where secured perfect, the judder had punched against the wheel hub so much that it wore into it creating a gap between it and the bearing inner run, bad because the half shaft was the only thing keeping the tire from blowing off into the traffic and me into the hospital or morgue.

i was stuck with going to the LKQ junk yard and spending $ 40 dollars to buy and remove myself a whole knuckle spindle driver side from another (jetta, golf,vr6,cabrio) series 96 to 99, compatible parts, another 45 dollars from AUTO ZONE to purchase a new bearing, an additional 50 Dollars to have the old bearing pressed out and new one in, great job to them, was fast easy and cheaper than all other places, drove home some 600 miles to FL and finally gave my car

- , Ft Walton Beach, FL, USA

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